By Howard Michael Gould
May 6-28, 2005
Directed by Lance Garrett
Square Theatre presents the Oklahoma premiere of DIVA.
This comedy by Howard Michael Gould takes the audience
behind the scenes of a hit television sitcom. The title character is film star
Deanna Denninger who is trying to make it in television despite her own bad
Gould knows the insider politics of Hollywood, having worked on several
television shows and films. For television, he served as a writer and
supervising producer for "Cybill,"
and previously he wrote for "Home Improvement"
and executive produced for "The Jeff Foxworthy Show".
More recently, Gould was a screenwriter for "Mr. 3000"
starring Bernie Mac, and he is scheduled to direct the film of
"Diva" for which he also
wrote the screenplay.
In Gouldís stage play, DIVA begins during the second
season of the TV sitcom "Deanna."
Itís an Emmy Award-winning hit show, but the star is battling with Isaac the
writer and producer. Insecure, but drunk on the power that she wields as the
star, Deanna fancies herself an expert on everything from comedy to costuming.
Having been a film star with a personal love life to rival Warren Beatty in his
heyday, she demands respect whether she deserves it or not. From the explosive
opening scene, the play begins to move backwards in time. Much of the humor
comes from the audience knowing the future for the characters, even as they
witness the characters form relationships then change alliances over the course
of eighteen months.
Lance Garrett directs the cast which stars Kim R. Davis as Deanna the raging
diva, with Michael Gibbons, Brian Smolensky, Paul Smith, Christopher Rodgers and
Paul James in support as the characters who work on her television show. Suzanne
Proctor and Christi Newbury share costume design duties, while Steven Gillmore
is the lighting designer and Tom Harrington is the set designer.
Due to strong language, DIVA is rated M for mature
Carpenter Square Theatre is the recipient of a project assistance grant from the
Oklahoma Arts Council for this production. Carpenter Square is an Allied Arts
member agency and this show is an Allied Arts Star Card event.